Benefits of Camp Freedom and Other ADA Camps

American Diabetes Association
American Diabetes Association


Daniel “Dan” Hohal works as a claims supervisor for Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies in Wilkes-Barre, PA. In that capacity, he spends his time revising and assigning new cases to various units as well as conducting monthly file audits. Apart from his work, Daniel Hohal is also involved in charitable causes like Camp Freedom, a summer program for children who have diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association has camps for boys and girls of all ages. One example is Camp Freedom, a program for children ages 7 to 16 held annually at Camp Kweebec in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Attending Camp Freedom allows children to experience a variety of activities, which include horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, and many others. According to a study done by the ADA, attending these camps benefits children with diabetes in a number of ways.

For example, 10% of the attendees experienced an increase in self-confidence, allowing them to better manage their diabetes in a social setting. There was also a decrease in diabetes-related stresses such as anger (7%) and sadness (6%). Apart from that, those attending camp also showed an increase in knowledge of diabetes management as well as its application.